Emily T. Mead is Whaling Museum’s new Director of Philanthropy

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. The New Bedford Whaling Museum has announced the appointment of Emily T. Mead to the position of Director of Philanthropy. Reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Amanda McMullen, Mead will direct the planning, implementation, and assessment of a comprehensive fundraising program, pursuing all philanthropic avenues in order to increase charitable support and raise the institution’s profile. Mead assumed her new duties on September 16, 2019.

Mead brings a wealth of experience to her role. She will focus on partnering with individuals, corporations, and foundations; helping them to achieve their philanthropic goals, while meeting the Museum’s funding priorities.

“Emily joins the Whaling Museum at an exciting time as the Board of Trustees and the leadership team embark on a comprehensive strategic planning process,” said McMullen. “The community cares deeply about our shared heritage and the Museum’s role to inspire and educate. Philanthropy will play an increasingly vital part in the Museum's ability to further advance understanding of the region’s rich history through art, culture, and science. Emily will help us seize the tremendous opportunity to build on the Museum’s fundraising success, and increase its capacity to secure significant philanthropic investment, including endowment and planned gifts.”

Mead commented, “I am honored to join the inspiring and committed team at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and to be a part of this vibrant cultural and historical institution as it continues to deepen its cultural outreach and engagement with local communities and visitors from around the world.”

Prior to relocating to Providence, Rhode Island from New York City earlier this year, Mead served for three years as Director of Development for Her Justice, a non-profit organization that partners with women living in poverty in New York City by recruiting and mentoring volunteer lawyers to provide free legal help to address individual and systemic legal barriers. In her role, Emily oversaw the planning and implementation of all fundraising strategies to raise over $5 million annually.  

Previously, Mead was Director of Individual and Major Giving at Food Bank For New York City, which provides food and income support for 1.5 million New Yorkers annually. Additionally, she was Director of Individual Giving & Sponsor Recruitment at Student Sponsor Partners, which provides at-risk New York City high school students with access to a college-preparatory education and the support of an adult mentor.

Mead is a graduate of New York University with a degree in Journalism and English Literature, and has a M.S. in Educational Leadership Administration and Policy from Fordham University.

Gayle Hargreaves
Marketing Manager
New Bedford Whaling Museum
508-997-0046 Ext. 139


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales in the world’s oceans, and the history and culture of the SouthCoast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.


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Caption: New Bedford Whaling Museum Director of Philanthropy Emily T. Mead. Photo courtesy New Bedford Whaling Museum.

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